Oh I still am stuck and dwelling on John the Baptist, never fear. But time to pause and reassure — indeed Jesus is Lord not John. The gospels all make that clear. The thing is if we don’t give John his due and respect we won’t see a bunch of powerful and amazing things about Jesus. For example when Jesus goes to the Jordon and is baptized by John — so much is happening! But a huge thing is that Jesus — and Godself! — are affirming this type of baptism. Free wild water, a baptism not “official” at the temple, a baptism not to be “clean of sin” but to be “affirmed in renewal” — to be a part of something new? Instead of a tribal identification ritual, baptism is now affirmed as a powerful ritual of healing and renewal. If we don’t understand what John did and what he was trying to do, then we won’t understand how completely wonderful it is that Jesus affirms it by being baptized himself!
It’s so amazing! God wants us to be healed, whole, new, fully alive, fully engaged, fully loving — each to all — so, I’m having a moment here of such joy!